VSB chair Patti Bacchus goes to the mat for Vancouver's schools
While trained fighters bloodied each other in General Motors Place in cages yesterday, a genuinely important battle played out elsewhere between the province and the city.
Inspired by vale tudo tournaments in Brazil, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has roots in the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration in 648 B.C. and was a spectacle like none to precede it at GM place. Yet the skirmish between B.C. Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and Vancouver School Board (VSB) chair Patti Bacchus is far more important.
The beatings that took place in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at General Motors Place drew lucrative pay-for-view audiences from around the world. The blows were delivered as Mayor Gregor Robertson watched on along with Snoop Dogg, Steve Nash, and a wildly cheering sold-out stadium. The education battle between the Minister of Education and the Vancouver School Board had few viewers this week-end, although the impact on Vancouver school children may be dire.
I heard speculation that the Minister of Education would fire the school board Monday morning. So, I wrote Bacchus (pictured below) and asked her about it. Here's what she said:
1. Is the VSB going to get fired on Monday morning?